• "Pupils enjoy trusting, respectful relationships with staff and each other. These strong relationships ensure pupils work hard and try their best.’ OFSTED 2015"
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  • "An extensive range of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime and after school provide opportunities to develop life skills and confidence. OFSTED 2015"
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  • "‘The school’s values are at the heart of all relationships and are constantly referred to by staff and pupils ... pupils are able to talk eloquently about how to live by the values in order to become good citizens.’ OFSTED 2015"
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School Travel Plan

 

High Down Infant and Junior Schools federated on 1st January 2015 and the two schools continue to work closely together to share ideas and initiatives on safe and environmentally friendly travel. The focus has always been to keep the area around the schools as free from cars as possible and to encourage the children to walk or cycle to school wherever possible.

Historic Successes:

For the past ten years, the schools have taken part in a government initiative through North Somerset Council called "The Travel Plan" and High Down Infant and Junior Schools are two of a small number of schools to have been awarded the Gold Award for their commitment to the programme.

The schools have also succeeded in campaigning for the following:

·         a zebra crossing (installed in 2007)

·         a 20mph speed limit outside the school (installed in 2013)

Ongoing Initiatives:

·         The schools have implemented a phased start to the day whereby parents of children in the Junior school, Infant school and nursery will arrive to drop the children off at staggered times

·         There are bicycle racks at the front of the Junior School which are available for use by pupils of both schools

·         Regular advice is sent to parents about safe and sensible parking and about where they can and cannot park (see below)

·         Both schools participate in Walk to School Week activities

·         Pupils in Years 5 and 6 of the Junior school are offered the opportunity to take part in the cycling proficiency programme

·         Regular liaison takes place with Avon and Somerset Police and with North Somerset Council representatives as part of a Travel Plan Committee

Current Challenges:

The admission of an additional Reception Year class in High Down Infant School from September 2015 has the potential to cause an increase in traffic and to exacerbate parking problems. However, in addition to the ongoing initiatives above:

·         At least some of the additional 30 pupils are siblings of pupils already attending High Down schools and therefore no additional transportation will be involved for them

·         High Down Infant School will promote and encourage the idea of car sharing between new families who live too far away to walk or cycle

·         North Somerset Council have agreed, as part of the building works taking place to accommodate the expansion, to:

v  install additional bicycle and scooter racks for pupils

v  expand the staff car park, meaning that less staff cars will be parked on roads around the school

v   install staff cycle racks if there would be sufficient take up. Staff have been asked to confirm whether this would encourage them to cycle to work

Our Advice to Parents on Parking:

Ideally, all of our pupils would walk or cycle to school, as a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle choice.  However, we appreciate that many parents have no choice but to use the car to bring their children to school. That being the case, we would ask that the guidelines below, formulated following consultation with residents, Avon and Somerset Police and the Travel Plan committee, be respected:

·         try to park a little further away from the school and walk the extra distance. Suggested parking areas are:

v  the car park at the top of Avon Way

v   the area by the shops on West Hill Triangle

v  Merlin Park

v   Down Road past Tower Road or towards Lower Down Road

v   Marconi Road and Kings Road

·         be considerate to local residents when parking by not blocking driveways, parking on the pavement or causing an obstruction

·         respect the speed limit around the school at all times of day

·         Designated 'no go' areas for parking are:

v  Highview, Ridge Close and Downleaze

v  Down Road between Tower Road and The Downs

v  The Downs on the side opposite the school or on the no parking areas around the school gate

·         Do not pull up in the bus stop to let your children out 

 

 map

The map shows the suggested no parking areas (marked with a cross), within approximately 5 minutes’ walk or 250 m of the school gate.  Under the guidelines of both the School Travel Plan and the National Healthy Schools Programme we should be making every effort for our children to get daily exercise.  As a school we wish to encourage all children to walk for at least 5 minutes to school every day.

The benefits will be:
Healthier lifestyles and better start to the school day
Chance to chat to parents and friends on the way to school
Safer roads for all, especially pedestrians and cyclists
Less pollution and congestion

Staff Car Park

Please note that the staff car park cannot be used for parent parking.  If you or your child has mobility difficulties, whether temporary or permanent, please see Mrs Cowan or Mrs Parker, who would be pleased to discuss the possible use of the car park with you.

 

Source of Further Information:

·         http://think.direct.gov.uk - Government road safety website aimed at adults and children

·         http://talesoftheroad.direct.gov.uk - Children's section of the Think website with games aiming to improve children's road safety awareness

·         http://www.familylearning.org.uk/road_safety_games.html - A good website with games to help children think about road safety

 

Thank you all for your cooperation.

 

  1. School Travel Plan High Down Schools